Top Ten Most Underrated Music Genres

The Top Ten


Classical is one of the most fundamental genres of music; the basis for all of the main ones today. It's complex mix of rhythm and notes makes for some of the most beautiful songs in existence. People need to work there way up to classical music. From the basics like pop to rock, then to more complex music like jazz and classical.

Once, my teacher said that we were going to listen to classical music to help us work at school, and 80% of the kids in my class GROANED. They literally GROANED. There were like, three people (myself included) who were excited about it.
Why does everyone hate all the music I like?

I don't fully understand people who say that music without lyrics is "not real music." Almost all, if not all classical pieces don't have lyrics, and classical is the absolute purest, most "real" form of music, at least in my opinion. Sure, it may not be my most listened to genre. Not by a long shot. But I still have an overwhelming amount of respect for classical music and the talented composers behind it. - Atham

True. Honestly, lyrics mean nothing if the others aspects of a song aren't good. - RogerMcBaloney

My explanation of why this is number 1: they inspired jazz artists which inspired early rock (Elvis, Chuck Berry etc) those inspired classic rock and so on. Basically if classical did not exist classic rock metal jazz blues wouldn't exist either.

Progressive Metal

There is pro metal and neo classical remember dream theater and cacophony

I can understand Classical at number 1 but ALTERNATIVE OVER PROG? No, just no. Prog is an underrated genre that deserves a listen. Or two. Or five. - MusicalPony

Bands such as Animals as Leaders and Dream Theatre play very technical, interesting music that really needs more recognition.

Prog metal is so technical, no one really appreciates how hard it is to play good prog.

Jazz Jazz is a music genre that originated in the African-American communities of New Orleans, United States, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and developed from roots in blues and ragtime. Jazz is seen by many as "America's classical music".

Jazz is actually a huge underground music that usually dies out but always comes back alive, but I for one like jazz for than anything.

If people actually tried to listen deeply to jazz and understand the artist and composers feelings they wouldn't hate. Everyone disses jazz but they don't even give it a bloody try, they conform to society like the rest of everyone else

Not everyone who hates jazz is a conformist. Personally I don't like Jazz because it doesn't suit my music taste. However, Jazz drumming is an aspect that I enjoy from time to time, being a drummer myself. Honestly, that's why jazz lacks popularity, it's a musicians music. You don't study music / play an instrument, you probably don't like jazz. - Azerix

Jazz is seriously underrated. A lot of young people just don't want to give it a shot. I mean, I'm not hating on Rap, Metal, Pop, Rock or any other popular genre, as a matter of fact I listen to every one of those, but it seems like that's all most people want to listen to and they don't want to expand on their taste. Why not try out jazz, classical, orchestra, blues, ambient, new age, electronic, or any other unique genre out there. Seriously, if you at least give some of them a try, I guarantee you'll find something you like. Shoot, I even listen to the music from ' Cirque du Soliel, and why? Because it sounds GREAT! - Mcgillacuddy

No one understands jazz, they think because no one listens to it that its not good. The chord structure and harmony and happiness is far superior to other genres like pop and heavy metal

Metal was one of the worst examples you could have just picked seeing as though it doesn't amount to the technicality of jazz but is also more technical than most genres. Try rock and roll or something. - Azerix

Progressive Rock Progressive rock is a broad genre of rock music that developed in the United Kingdom and United States throughout the mid to late 1960s.

If you haven't listened to Prog, you don't know what real music is. Prog Rock is great music, and should be liked more. Literally, Just listen to Genesis, Yes, Rush, King Crimson, Dream Theater, Jethro Tull, and you will enjoy Prog Rock. Some of my favorites include, Return of the Giant Hogweed (Genesis), Roundabout (Yes), 2112 (Rush), Thick as a Brick (Jethro Tull), Metropolis (Dream Theater), Comfortably Numb (Pink Floyd), and Lamplight Symphony (Kansas).

Meh. It's pretty popular. I'm always meh on "underrated" stuff. Things can be "underrated" in their genre (ie their influence in not acknowledged), but an underrated genre? That doesn't make much sense. Genres are too general : to me, you can't rank genres. Neither in terms of quality nor in terms of being underrated or stuff like that. It's just too vast and abstract. - JoLeKosovo

It's so underrated that it's not even in the top ten in this list. Pink Floyd, Genesis, Yes, and Rush! It really can't get any better than that. It requires such talent to play progressive rock.

Glad to see this spectacular genre made it into the Top 10 at last. A very underrated and overlooked genre. Difficult to get into at first, but when you "acquire the taste" for it (if that made you think of a large red tongue, you have a great taste in music) it's extraordinarily addictive and expands your imagination in infinite directions.

Alternative Rock Alternative rock is a style of rock music that emerged from the independent music underground of the 1980s and became widely popular in the 1990s. In this instance, the word "alternative" refers to the genre's distinction from mainstream rock music.

Given what this site's lists of "Best Alternative Bands of All Time" and "Best Alternative Songs" look like, I have to say what alternative rock ACTUALLY is - is extremely underrated.
Also, sorry to burst most of your bubbles, but classical is overrated, not underrated. - Adrian_4

Alternative is overrated. Everyone is always obsessing about how under rated it is but if so many people love it so much then it is not alternative anymore, nor is it under rated.

Alternative rock is awesome think of hole I don't like courtney loves music but I can't say her band is bad. Other alternative rock bands are awesome!

Most of the people from my school don't know what is alternative music! They only care about pop and rap. - SamuiNeko


Hardly anyone knows what chillstep is. It's chillout/dubstep. And that may sound counter-intuitive, but it's incredible. The dubstep atmosphere is completely changed to give one an aural massage, and the result is often soothing, haunting and beautifully harmonic all at once. - PositronWildhawk

Okay this is actually one of my favorite genres because it's very relaxing and it can spark a listeners' imaginations - Mcgillacuddy

Chillstep is beautifully haunting and will send shivers down your spine

Never liked electronic music, but in my opinion this is more artistic (and spine tingling) than dubstep, trance, nightcore, etc. - ToptenPizza


Really good for studying, and it get's your head in the game and motivated when you need it. Also ambient songs are really long so you never run out. Also most Ambient songs are really good.

I love ambient music! It’s one of my favorite genres to listen to on a stressful day!

Space Rock

Anyone ever heard of Pink Floyd?!

Nobody acknowledges how awesome space rock truly is! - HollyRolo

Pink Floyd, some of Tool's stuff, and Thirty Seconds To Mars' first album are all great space rock! - AngryByrd

Two words: Pink Floyd


Would definitely say so. My favourite genre. So sad that people don't appreciate the genius behind it all that well. Electronic musicians really put a lot of thought and time into making unique and brilliant sounds. They are truly gifted in their genre. - PositronWildhawk

The best besides metal. Electronic is just an amazing genre and so many songs with a place in my heart are electronic. I also liked electronic music longer than metal. - PhoenixAura81

In my whole school and this is a highschool by the way we took a survey on what music genres we new and electronic was like only 100 something kids while there like 1000s of us there

Electronic musics are the most hard to make and requires some really good person and not like some other bloke out there just born and started singing

Experimental Rock

The Contenders


Disco is way underrated and overhated! Some of the best basslines of all time - JazzyJulie

Um, metal is amazing but this is just an awesome thing.

Disco is great!

Disco songs make me happy and dancing. - Userguy44

Punk Rock Punk rock is a subgenre of rock music. It usually has rebellious lyrics and down stroked power chords played on guitars. Bad Religion, Sex Pistols, and Green Day (actually pop-punk, which is still punk in a way) are a few punk rock bands. The subgenre influenced thrash metal because of it's down stroked more.

Punk Rock was never underrated, especially back in the early days. - Userguy44

Punk music is real, if people would listen to it, they'd realize that. Like my friend won't listen to anything other than bubble gum pop.

Me plays emo
Friend covers ears before a single chord is played
Me plays punk
Friend covers ears before anything is done
Me plays indie rock
Friend runs away
Me plays indie rap
Friend whines for half an hour
Me plays indie pop
Friend devotes all energy into not giving it a single chance

Punk music had these things called instruments, and real voices, and angst, meaning. - ToptenPizza

Punk Music is just boring power cord that take little talent to play. - Ninjaturtlesforpresident

Punk is a genre that stands for something, too under appreciated - JazzPunk

Punk rock isn't underrated - zxm

Indie Rock

Indie rock is the absolute pinnacle of music, Arctic Monkeys, Franz Ferdinand, The Strokes, etc. Are just some of the big names in indie rock, it's huge worldwide (Arctic Monkeys are even the MOST popular band in Britain right now) yet a lot of people have never even HEARD of Indie Rock...

Imagine dragons, arctic monkeys, arcade fire, Kasabian, and more!

Hey man, if arcade fire and arctic monkeys are indie, then so is fun. and imagine dragons

Whoever said that imagine dragons and fun and indie rock is completley wrong. Indie is arcade fire, pixies, rem, arctic monkeys and the libertines.

Noise Rock

Noise Rock and other forms of Noise Music often get a bad reputation due to their abrasive nature and the perceived lack of talent required to make such music. However, Noise Music artists are actually very talented, and they know that they aren’t trying to please a mass audience. They are trying to make art that elicits the strongest possible emotions that music can produce, no matter how negative they may feel. A great example of this is the Daughters album “You Won’t Get What You Want”. - ThatoneMetalhead

Technical Death Metal

Just like the other guy said, completely underrated. These guys are the most amazing musicians that you will ever see. They Incorporate blues, jazz and classical music into the style and take it further. Bias people always say it's noise. I would love to see them pick up the guitar or get behind the drum kit and play like these guys. Problem is, people are like sheep. They don't know what they are missing. They would rather not educate themselves and actually take the time to really listen to what each instrument is doing. Metal is the biggest genre of music in the world and people don't know that.


Geez. How is this not higher?

Industrial music is very interesting, and it always finds ways to incorporate new mind-expanding sounds that you probably haven’t heard before. This should be higher. - ThatoneMetalhead


I fell in love with this genre and I've been listening since short time ago

Post-rock is one of the best music genres.
Please check it out on 'the American dollar'.

"God Is an Astronaut, If These Trees Could Talk, Sigur Rós, Explosions in the Sky, Russian Circles, Long Distance Calling, 65daysofstatic, I Hear Sirens, Sleep Dealer" and many more... - Strobo

Swing Jazz

Swing jazz > Electroswing


To be specific here, Ska actually came in the late 50's, and was the precursor to the more well-known reggae music. Ska is special because of its unique rhythm and the way the electric guitar is being played. I understand why some people might not like it, but that hatred towards such influential music is getting way too extreme.

Ska is amazing yet if people ask what music I like and I say Ska they always say "What's Ska? " Operation Ivy, Less Than Jake, and The Mighty Mighty Bosstones are amazing bands

Ska is just epic. Give it a listen, and you will smile. I suggest Suburban Legends and Reel Big Fish.

Ska is just awesome

Rock and Roll Rock music is a music genre that was created in the 1940s. The genre got popular during the 60s, 70s and 80s. Rock bands generally consists of a guitar player, a drummer, bass player and singer. There are a lot of rock subgenres.

Rock n' Roll doesn't exist anymore. That's the main reason it's simply the best! - TheHabsFan

It used to be overrated, but thanks to stupid pop and rap its underrated - NickelbackLinkinPark4Eva

Barley any kids these days listen to it, which makes me sad. - Gruunge

If this about 50s rock n roll then yes its underrated.But if its about the Rock genres then it isn't underrated a bit. - zxm



Electronic Rock

Very underrated pretty sad cause this ia my favorite :(

My favorite genre of rock next to Industrial Rock. Both which are seriously underrated.

New Wave

DEVO, Talking Heads, the B-52s, the Velvet Underground, Elvis Costello, the Stranglers

All great bands/artists which would greatly influence future artists, for many decades.

The best!


Should be higher

My favorite. - blst0033

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